Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Emergency Departments
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: Behavioral Health Leaders, People in Recovery from Substance Use
Topics: Behavioral Health Organizational Guidance Docs, Crisis Response System
Treatment and recovery of individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) can vary. These individuals may have co-occurring disorders, live in diverse parts of the country, and face a variety of socio-economic factors that help or hinder their treatment. All these factors bring complexities to evaluating the effectiveness of services, treatments, and supports. An important area of focus for SAMHSA is implementation of evidence-based interventions in emergency departments (ED) to identify and initiate treatment for individuals with untreated OUD. The ED is often the only access these individuals have to the healthcare system. This guide reviews the related literature and science, examines emerging and best practices, identifies gaps in knowledge, and discusses challenges.